Easton EA90 SLX wheelsets - clincher

3.27/5 (67 Reviews)
MSRP : $1200.00


Product Description

Easton EA90 SLX Road Wheel is weapons-grade in terms of voracity and efficiency. The low-profile 90-series road tubeless rim transmits power straight from the spoke to the ground with nearly no energy loss. Easton's game-changing new ECHO hub set rounds o


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Lance

Date Reviewed: August 10, 2014

Strengths:    Very light, very stiff, terrific acceleration and cornering, decent clincher ride, (mine are a couple years old and have the ceramic bearings), incredibly strong especially considering their light weight.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
I have several thousand rough road miles on these and they've never even needed to be trued. I also have the EC90SLX carbon tubular version that I do cyclocross on. They are completely reliable. The spokes are the same Sapim spokes that most other wheel builders use. I don't know what this spoke breaking guy's campaign is about. Buy them, they're great value for the money.
The last mile to my home is a hill that varies between 6 and 9%, the last half mile is 9%. These wheels are highly responsive out of the saddle, which is a treat when you have very little left in the tank.


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Bob a Triathlete

Date Reviewed: May 15, 2014

Strengths:    Light weight, spin up easily and maintain our inertia, decent looking rim as well.

Weaknesses:    Broken spokes, Broken Spokes, Broken Spokes.

Bottom Line:   
I took a chance on these rims at a large Bicycle store that will remain nameless due to one of their staff selling me on these wheels. I expressed concerns that me being a larger rider, I am 5-11 and 220 pounds on a bad day, 210 on a good day. He said not to worry, these were great wheels, spun up nicely, light weight for climbing etc. I said I had noticed that Easton apparently had spoken problems with these wheels, he said had not had any come back. Great, but them, replace a busted Carbon Rim set with these, and promptly let them sit due to the Mavic Equipes that came on my road bike. Fast forward to changing out some gearing this year and wanting to use a set of wheels that do not even have 300 miles on them. Rode these things for 3 weeks including some serious climbing in the mountains of South Carolina/North Caroline Border and up in the Banner Elk, Beech Mountain area. While climbing a switch back called Green River Cove road was two switchbacks from the top and a front spoke just pops and I stop. Wheel is so out of true I cannot proceed. Roll it up on the back wheel, take the shoes off and proceed to walk it up the remainder of the way. No biggie, get the spoke fixed right? Did that, the VERY NEXT ride, I am riding locally and come out of the saddle to charge up a hill, back spoke just pops. This left me with NO CONFIDENCE with this wheel set at all. I went back to the NAMELESS LARGE BIKE STORE CHAIN and spoke t the guy that sold them to me. He completely understood, offered to give me my money back or put me in a set of Mavic Elites, I chose the Mavic Elites. Only have one ride of 15 miles on these but they feel so much sturdier. I know that there are better and more expensive wheel sets out there and may go that route, but I will NEVER buy a set of these or a product of Easton's again. Stick to Baseball bats guys. Even if you were a typical 140 to 160 pound road racer I do not think these rims will hold up based on the flawed design in regards to the spokes here.

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Favorite Ride:   Over the Mountain Practice Ride

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   Mavic Ksyrium Elites

Bike Setup:   2011 GT GTR Expert with All Ultegra Components, Brakes ETC. Now have Mavic Ksyrium Elites with Michelin pro race 3's, Keo Peddles, pretty much all stock.


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by JohnF a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: January 21, 2014

Strengths:    Light with low rolling resistance.

Weaknesses:    Spokes break frequently

Bottom Line:   
I’ve had these wheels for two riding seasons now, and like so many others, have had problems with broken spokes on both front and rear wheels. The reason why spokes break so frequently on these wheels is simple; Upon close inspection of the EA90 SLX rims, it was discovered that the diameter for the nipple openings was rather small and the thickness of the rim wall was rather deep compared to rims made by other manufacturers. This combination prevents the nipples from pivoting to match the angle of the spoke, which forces the spoke to bend at the nipple. This bend weakens the spoke and eventually causes the metal to fatigue and break.

This problem was solved by using a round metal file to enlarge the nipple openings on the side to which the nipple needed to pivot, thus allowing the nipple to match the spoke angle. Additionally, suspecting that all of the original spokes were likely compromised, I ordered new set Sapim CXRay spokes for both front and rear wheels.


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by John F

Date Reviewed: January 21, 2014

Strengths:    Light, low rolling resistance

Weaknesses:    Spokes break frequently

Bottom Line:   
I’ve had these wheels for two riding seasons now, and like so many others, have had problems with broken spokes on both the front and rear wheels. The reason why spokes break so frequently on these wheels is simple; upon close inspection of the EA90 SLX rims, it was discovered that the diameter for the nipple openings was rather small and the thickness of the rim wall was rather deep compared to rims made by other manufacturers. This combination prevents the nipples from pivoting to match the angle of the spoke, which forces the spoke to bend at the nipple. This bend weakens the spoke and eventually causes the metal to fatigue and break.

The problem was solved by using a round metal file to enlarge the nipple openings on the side to which the nipple needed to pivot, thus allowing the nipple to match the spoke angle. Additionally, on the theory that all of the original spokes were likely compromised, I ordered a new set Sapim CXRay spokes for both front and rear wheels. This has been a rather expensive solution, but happily, I can report that I have been riding on these modified wheels for over a year now without breaking a single spoke!


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Rod Hammond

Date Reviewed: October 21, 2013

Strengths:    Good looking wheels, very light & very fast.

Weaknesses:    Broken spokes in front wheel.

Bottom Line:   
I am having the same problem as many others with broken spokes. They always seem to snap
inside the nipples. My question is has anyone come up with a solution, as I would love to keep
riding these wheels. Maybe different nipples or spokes!! Please let me know guys.



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